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07-22-2013, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Dr Gonzo View Post
And because they identified their high end talent, and signed them to long term deals off their ELCs. Right?


C'mon, you know you want to say it.

It's just the idea that everyone must adhere to a system that is not proven, that sounds weird to me.

If you have elite talent you lock it up. Forcing everyone to take a bridge contract may work, but we have no proof of it's effectiveness. We do however have examples of successful teams that identified their top end talent, and signed them long term off their ELC.

I'm not going to say one is better than the other, but I sure do know what has worked in the past.

Maybe Bergevin is starting a new trend that will sweep the NHL world. Who knows.
You seem to be dancing around the fact that the vast majority of teams that employ this method of negotiating enjoy very little success. It is almost like saying part of the reason the Hawks won the Cup is because they use hockey applies to everyone so it isn't relevant.

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